Fish Flies by Terry Hellekson
The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art

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In one of the enduring classics of fly-fishing literature, Terry Hellekson addresses everything from the history of fly fishing and fly-tying around the world, to fly-tying material and hooks. This newly revised and updated version offers the original two volumes combined in one hardcover edition to create the definitive book on fly-tying. This is not just another book on popular fly patterns, although it is the authority on those as well. Terry shares the insights and interviews with fly-tying greats of years past, along with the history of some of the popular individual flies and fly-tying vises, making this a great read. He also shares years of wisdom and knowledge on colors, fly-fishing techniques, and tricks of the trade on the best kinds of tools and materials to buy and where to find them.
This new edition is organized into two clear parts: the first section deals with the origins of fly-fishing, the concepts of vision and perception of color, the tools and materials from which flies are created, and looks at species of mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies. The second section of the book progresses on to the other insect orders, terrestrials, and crustaceans, then delves into the specifics of streamers, shad flies, steelhead flies, and more. Even a fly-tying novice will be enthralled, with illustrations that clarify the patterns and a reader-friendly style.
 

About Terry Hellekson

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Terry Hellekson was born into the world of fly-fishing and spent his early life in Happy Camp, California, where his father had a fly-fishing guide service on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. He founded Fly Fishing Specialties, a wholesale and retail business. He has traveled and fished the world, seeking out sources for fly-tying and fishing in such far-off places as Kashmir in the Himalayas. He now lives and fishes with his wife in Montana.
 
Published October 24, 2005 by Gibbs Smith. 832 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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